Yesterday the familiar foe of Raiders running back Darren McFadden, the injury bug, returned to end the afternoon of Oakland’s running back. After a big gain on the first offensive play of the game it was clear that McFadden tweaked something with his hamstring, working on the leg on the sidelines before appearing in street clothes in the second half.
According to reports, shutting down for the day may have avoided serious injury for McFadden.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that McFadden “avoided serious injury” during the game.
There’s nothing more specific than that regarding his condition, but Rapoport added “we’ll see” about his status for the Week Five game against the Chargers. Making the pressing issue about whether or not McFadden will be able to ever fight off the injury bug in Oakland with his contract coming to an end at the end of the season.
Every year brings a different injury for DMC and more often than not the narrative about the man the Raiders picked to be the centerpiece of their offense is about what is going on in the medical room and not his performance in the running game.
With the bye coming in Week Seven and McFadden’s injury history, it is entirely likely that we will see a lot of Rashad Jennings and Jeremy Stewart in the coming weeks as Marcel Reece is out with a more serious knee injury compounding Oakland’s newfound issue in the running game with the blocking and versatility of Reece being as big of a loss as losing McFadden at this point of both players’ careers.
Jennings ran for 45 yards on 15 carriers on Sunday, Taiwan Jones could potentially see a return to the running back position should Reece and McFadden stay out also as the special teams weapon has the speed and college resume, originally being brought into the organization to play running back.
Expect more news on McFadden’s injury status to come later in the week as Dennis Allen employs a secretive stance on team injuries. For that reason we will have to play the guessing game along with Allen and Greg Olsen as for yet another season the durability of Darren McFadden will be one of the biggest question marks for the Raider offense.